A little girl called
Alice, a deaf-mute. A vision. A lady in shimmering
white who says she is the immaculate conception.
And Alice can suddenly hear and speak. And she
can perform miracles.
Soon the site of the visitation, beneath the ancient oak tree, has become a shrine, a holy place for thousands of pilgrims.
But Alice is no longer the guileless child overwhelmed by her new saintliness. She has become the agent of something corrupt, a vile force that is centuries-old. Innocence and evil have become one.
"They printed it in the wrong typeface and I said I want a softer typeface, Plantin rather than Times, and they reprinted the book in Plantin. That was my first little taste of power."
- James Herbert, from "Streetwise, and a Master Craftsman" by Gerald Bartlett, Publishing News, June 19, 1987